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Seeing the Perfect Gift

 

I have a confession to make: deciding on the perfect gift for someone takes me hours, sometimes days. I look at every possible option, check out dozens of websites or stroll through store after store. When I think I’ve finally found it, I keep looking.

Just ask my sister. I usually bring her along to help me decide.

I know it is the thought that really counts. But I still want the gift to be something they like—a perfect match. Otherwise, they might miss the meaning behind it or perhaps forget about the gift altogether…

… like I find myself doing, not so much with presents from other people, but at times with the greatest gift of all: eternal salvation in Jesus Christ.

The Perfect Gift

In this ultimate gift, God matched His perfect thoughts for us with a present perfect in all ways.

However, in my daily mess, it is easy for me to overlook the importance of this offering, even at times to forget the Gift altogether, missing the joy that is mine to claim.

Max Lucado, in his inspiring book, The Gift for All People, writes “Humans were never meant to dwell in the stale fog of the lowlands with no vision of their Creator. That’s why God came near. To be seen.”

He comes near and shows Himself in many ways each day. He displays His presence in the sun-touched flower unfurling its petals, in the antics of a squirrel, in the smile directed your way from across the room, and in the fragrance of freshly baked bread.

God comes near and shows Himself in many ways each day: in the sun-touched flower unfurling its petals, in the smile directed your way from across the room, and in the fragrance of freshly baked bread. Click To Tweet

Droplets of Grace

This is the best way I’ve found to be reminded of God’s greatest Gift to us. To see Him in and through each day in the droplets of grace sent our way. We notice the Gifter by noting the gifts.

Be reminded of God’s greatest Gift to us: see Him in and through each day in the droplets of grace sent our way. Notice the Gifter by noting the gifts. Click To Tweet

In the New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp calls us to name those moments, things, events given to us each day, those gifts from above, so our eyes will be open to see Him. “In naming that which is right before me, that which I’d otherwise miss, the invisible becomes visible. … God is in the detail; God is in the moment.”

When it comes to giving gifts, I may not always find the one that speaks to the recipient. But I can choose to see the perfection of the only One that truly matters by noticing Him in the details of my life.

 “The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork”
(Psalm 19:1).

Reflections: Do you have trouble reminding God’s perfect gift to you? How is He made visible in your dailiness?

(This was originally a 5-Minute Friday post.)

 

By His grace ≈

Julie

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

3 comments on “Seeing the Perfect Gift
  1. I love the Max Lucado quote and how you tied into that. It’s so true that we often overlook this amazing gift,

  2. I love the Max Lucado quote and how you tied it into your words. It’s so true that we often forget the wonderful gift God gave us.

    • juliesunne says:

      Thanks, Tiffany. We are such visual creatures. If we can tap into seeing Him in creation, in all of our mundane and difficult moments, drawing Him nearer through a divine perspective, the amazing gift of our Redeemer will be forgotten less!

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